The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
Overheard this week: “It seems the dinosaurs are not extinct.” Some Conservatives—including Stephen Harper—forgot to use their inside voices this week.
Conservative outbursts over the last seven days have been so outrageous that New Democrat MP Sadia Groguhé remarked in Question Period that “it seems the dinosaurs are not extinct. There are even a few specimens left in the Conservative caucus.”
Conservative MP forced to apologize for racially charged remarks:
"I’m going to put this in terms of colours but it’s not meant to be about race, it makes no sense to pay ‘whities’ to stay home while we bring in brown people to work in these jobs."
– John Williamson, MP at the Manning Conference, March 8, 2015
Jason Kenney’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week:
“Defence Minister Jason Kenney has come under fire for his decision to allow the release of photos potentially identifying Canadian special forces in Iraq and his tweeting of a picture he suggested was of Muslim women put in chains by Islamist extremists, but
3 signs Justin Trudeau doesn’t love liberty as much as he’d like you to think This week, Justin Trudeau declared: “one of the highest aims of Canadian political leadership is to protect and expand freedom” – but his recent actions don’t match his words.
Here are three signs that the leader of the third party doesn’t love liberty as much as he’d like you to think:
1. He supports Stephen Harper’s over-reaching new security law—C-51. That’s right, and it’s all about politics. He even told students at the University of British Columbia: “This conversation might be different if we weren’t months from an election campaign, but we are."
2. University students are calling him out. At that same UBC event, one student shot back: “Sir, I must say that supporting the bill that you know is dangerous while promising to reform it when you’ve been elected to government is tantamount to putting our rights hostage, and our vote is our ransom.”
3. He’s off-side with prominent human rights organizations like Amnesty International — as well as
Conservatives fail to stand up for culture The NDP is calling on the Conservatives to stop ignoring the importance of Canada’s cultural sector in wake of CRTC decisions that could impact Canadian jobs.
“We’re deeply concerned about these major changes to Canadian content rules. These rules imposed without warning could hurt Canadian and Quebec cultural productions,” said NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher). “There would be no Rick Mercer or Xavier Dolan or Jean-Marc Vallée if it hadn’t been for these Canadian content rules which are in the spirit of the Broadcasting Act. The minister doesn’t seem to understand that we’re talking about our heritage here.”
The cultural sector represents more than 100,000 jobs in Canada and contributes billions to the Canadian economy. Producers and artists have raised concerns that the federal government isn’t keeping pace with changes in the media landscape.
“The Conservatives have shown that they don’t understand the importance of the cultur
Conservative failures stall economic recovery With Statistics Canada reporting that unemployment is increasing and the economic recovery is grinding to a halt, the NDP is again urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to boost quality job creation.
“The NDP has introduced many practical proposals that would create good-paying, middle-class jobs,” said NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley). “The Conservatives are instead pushing ahead with their wasteful income splitting scheme that will give billions to the wealthy few.”
According to the report, unemployment jumped by more than 50,000 last month with 29,000 private sector jobs disappearing. Youth unemployment continues to soar, climbing to 13.3 per cent with the loss of 20,300 full-time youth jobs.